I found an item on watering orchids a few weeks ago. Use 3 ice cubes weekly to water. I have some in orchid pots with all the little holes around the outside of the pot. When you water these water runs out the holes and the plant doesn’t get anything. So weekly these are drugged to the sink and watered thoroughly and after draining well, put back in the windows. So far they seem happy and I have a few putting out flower stalks. Mom has her orchids in 9 inch pots and needs 5 ice cubes to keep them happy.
I’ve now been using the ice cube watering method for several weeks now. Monthly I water with diluted worm compost tea. All my orchids are still doing very well. I also use the diluted worm compost tea to water all of my African violets weekly. It’s all natural, kitchen scrap by product that doesn’t burn plants.
One thing that I would recommend when receiving a new orchid is to repot it. Most are in those clear containers inside another. Pull it out and if you see stryofoam or nothing but the Spanish moss, repot it. I bought one in full bloom recenlty and it did not have a single speck of potting bark, only a pot full of moss. People get these things as gifts, then they died on them and they get the attitude that I just can’t grow orchids.